Gervais and Bana play Ian Finch and Frank Bonneville, two floundering radio journalists, who pretend to be on the ground in Ecuador while actually reporting from an apartment above a restaurant in Queens, New York. With the help of a young couple played by America Ferrera and Raul Castillo, Finch and Bonneville end up faking a missile strike and are forced to pretend »
The feature film — a remake of the French comedy of the same name — stars Gervais as a radio engineer employed by a journalist played by Eric Bana. The pair pretend to file reports from war-torn Ecuador without ever leaving New York.
They eventually pretend to be taken hostage when the U.S. government suspects that they’ve gone missing. Gervais’ wife, played by Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga, capitalizes on the opportunity to advance her music career.
Gervais has enjoyed a successful relationship with Netflix; his series “Derek” earned him two Emmy nominations, and he has high praise for its hands-off style. “I think Netflix will see the return of the auteur to moviemaking. Zero interference and a guaranteed audience. Perfect,” says Gervais.
- Jenelle Riley
If there was any question of Netflix’s increasing reign in the current media landscape, a few new developments will surely sway you to one side. They recently ponied up over $90 million to fund the David Ayer-directed, Will Smith and Joel Edgerton-led sci-fi cop thriller Bright, and just last night they acquired Cary Fukunaga‘s next project, the 10-episode series Maniac starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, who have certainly come along way since Superbad. With the Beasts of No Nation director helming every episode, it’ll follow the story of a mental patient who lives in a fantasy world.
Before those two projects, they’ll debut the latest film from Ricky Gervais, Special Correspondents. Directing, writing, and starring in the feature, he joins Erica Bana as the two team as a struggling radio journalist and hapless technician who fake frontline war reports from a NYC hideout. Coming to Netflix on April 29th, »
- Leonard Pearce
The first official trailer for Special Correspondents, an upcoming Netflix original comedy written and directed by Ricky Gervais, has been released. Gervais also stars in the film as a struggling radio journalist, who fakes “frontline war reports from a NYC hideout” alongside Eric Bana’s hapless technician. Watch the hilarious trailer below…
While Gervais is a well-known and highly respected comedian/comedic actor, Bana, too, is no stranger to making people laugh, despite landing dramatic work more often. At the start of his career, the actor appeared on an Australian sketch comedy show entitled Full Frontal, which essentially launched his career; additionally, he had a small role in 2009’s Funny People and stole nearly every scene he was in.
Later this year, Gervais’s The Office spinoff film, David Brent: Life on the Road, will be released as well. Check out new posters from the film here.
- Justin Cook
While Netflix has quickly risen to the top as one of the most respected creators of original television content, they are still making baby steps on the feature film front. They released a couple films last year--some more respected than others (never mind Ridiculous Six), but it's the next year or two that we really need to keep an eye out for.
Special Correspondents follows a struggling radio journalist and his hapless technician faking frontline war reports from a NYC hideout. Needless to say, their "fake reports" land them in a great deal of trouble, and the pair work to climb out of the hole they dug themselves into.
Check out the trailer for the Netflix comedy below! »
- Joseph Medina
It may have been one of the earlier films to be acquired by Netflix, but since the streaming service snatched the rights for Ricky Gervais comedy Special Correspondents, the online giant has bolstered its presence in the film scene quite considerably – typified by the recent coup of Will Smith-David Ayer drama, Bright.
Fast forward by almost exactly 12 months and we arrive at the maiden trailer for Special Correspondents, introducing Gervais’ hapless radio reporter, Ian Finch. Written and directed by Ricky Gervais himself, the Netflix film is a remake of the 2009 French comedy of the same name, one rife with satirical beats about news reporting in modern-day New York City. Struggling to make ends meet, Gervais and his co-host decide to report on overseas affairs, the only catch is they do so from the comfort of home soil.
- Michael Briers
Netflix has revealed the first trailer and poster for its upcoming original film "Special Correspondents". Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana star and Gervais both penned and directed the film about a struggling New York based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career.
With his job on the line, he fakes front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in Queens. Vera Farmiga, Kelly Macdonald, Kevin Pollak, America Ferrera and Benjamin Bratt co-star,
- Garth Franklin
Ricky Gervais fans are in for a special treat this year. The comic actor is bringing David Brent back with the upcoming "Life On The Road" — but first, he's headed to Netflix for a new film that will hopefully be a better feature-length outing than the other efforts that have seen him take a lead role (we're looking at you, "Ghost Town.") Read More: First Look: Ricky Gervais & Eric Bana In Netflix's 'Special Correspondents,' Coming This Spring Co-starring Eric Bana, Vera Farmiga, Kelly Macdonald, Kevin Pollak, America Ferrera, Raúl Castillo, and Benjamin Bratt, the story follows a couple of radio reporters who spin a wild story from overseas....from the comfort of New York City. Here's the official synopsis: The film is about a struggling New York based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line, he fakes front »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Well, this looks like fun! Netflix are certainly starting to fire on all cylinders when it comes to their movies these days, and their latest offering Special Correspondents is certainly one to keep an eye out for. Gervais and Bana seem like a decent match here with good chemistry to boot. Check out the first trailer below. Released: April 29th Synopsis: Special Correspondents, a new Netflix original feature film was written and directed by Ricky Gervais and stars Eric Bana (Deliver Us From Evil, Lone Survivor) and Gervais (Muppets Most Wanted, Derek). The film is about a struggling New York based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line, he fakes front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in Queens. The film also stars Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel, Up in the Air), Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire, »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
The Wrap has learned that Mirror Mirror and The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones actress Lily Collins will star alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton and Kelly Macdonald in Okja, the upcoming monster flick from Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-ho. Lily has been cast in one of the lead roles as Red, an anarchist "who is the only female member of the higher-ranked Alf members." Specific... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Buzzfeed has an extensive interesting essay on Jennifer Garner's transformation from promising actress to magazine-celebrity mom
Tracking Board Bong Joon-Ho (Snowpiercer, Mother) is doing a monster movie for Netflix that will star the Gyllenhaal, Tilda, Kelly Macdonald and Lily Collins. Somehow they chose the only boring cast member in that list for the photo
Pajiba 11 examples of terrible singing in movie musicals - fine list except for including Christian Bale & Ewan McGregor - love both of those performances and I'm a total nitpicker with movie musicals
Demanders great piece on The Flash's vision of masculinity (so different than other superheroes, thank god)
Ali Benz "Reasons why Nicole Kidman is a legend"
Playbill The Fosters had a musical Romeo & Juliet episode
- NATHANIEL R
After plowing through an icy future with Joon-ho’s apocalyptic thriller, Tilda Swinton will reteam with the astute filmmaker, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, and Kelly MacDonald. Bill Nighy had been attached, but was forced to pull out following a scheduling clash.
Nevertheless, it’s a casting docket that has made room for one more today, with The Wrap bringing word that Lily Collins has inked a deal to star in Okja as an anarchist called Red, a proud member of an organization known as the Animal Liberation Front.
Pertinent details remain under wraps for Joon-ho’s latest feature, though the director did offer some insight into the adventure he’s rustling up, claiming “it is a bulky animal, but with a mild and kind spirit. The »
- Michael Briers
It’s been five years since we got Dee Rees‘ remarkable debut Pariah and while she followed it up with the HBO movie Bessie, we’ve been waiting to see her get back to theatrical features. We won’t have to wait long either, as she’s set to direct Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke and Jason Mitchell in the World War II drama Mudbound. Variety reports that the film, adapted by Virgil Williams from Hillary Jordan’s 2008 novel, “revolves around a city worker in a WWII-torn country who relocates his family to a failing Mississippi farm and is forced to overcome insurmountable hardships, including his brother’s return from war.”
After breaking out with her portrayal of Nadine Macaluso in The Wolf of Wall Street (named Naomi Lapaglia in the film), Margot Robbie will get another chance to bring a real-life story to screens. According to Deadline, she »
- Leonard Pearce
One day after signing on to star in Marti Noxon‘s dark comedy “To the Bone,” Lily Collins has landed one of the lead roles alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in Netflix’s “Okja,” a monster movie from “Snowpiercer” director Bong Joon-ho, TheWrap has exclusively learned. Tilda Swinton and Kelly Macdonald are slated to co-star in the film, which will be co-produced by Netflix, Lewis Pictures and Brad Pitt‘s company Plan B Entertainment. Bill Nighy has fallen out of the project, according to insiders, while Paul Dano‘s involvement remains up in the air and will ultimately depend on his schedule. »
- Jeff Sneider
'Play Misty for Me': Rabid fan Jessica Walter makes life difficult for disc jockey Clint Eastwood. Clint Eastwood, 'Harry Potter' and 'The Decline of Western Civilization': Packard Campus movies Movies set in the world of music and/or radio are among the April 2016 highlights at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper, Virginia. Packard Campus Recorded Sound Curator Matt Barton selected the documentaries and narrative features in this particular program, which, according to the Theater's press release, includes “several rarely projected films in original release prints from the Library's holdings.” Radio/music titles include: Clint Eastwood's 1971 feature film directorial debut, the thriller Play Misty for Me, starring Jessica Walter as a woman obsessed with both a late night disc jockey (Eastwood) and the song “Misty,” jazzily played by Errol Garner at the piano. Also in the cast: Donna Mills, frequent Eastwood director Don Siegel (Dirty Harry, »
- Andre Soares
Trainspotting, by Irvine Welsh, was first published in 1993. The novel grew from a series of short stories into a collection of non-linear connected vignettes based around a group of heroin addicts from Leith and their acquaintances. Parts of the novel – which grew from Welsh's diaries after being inspired by the early Nineties rave scene – were published in a variety of journals and pamphlets across Scotland, including New Writing Scotland and Rebel Inc. One of these publishers passed on the work to Secker & Warburg, who published it despite not feeling it had much commercial value (though they had previously put out works by Orwell, Kafka, and Simone de Beauvoir).
Written from multiple characters' perspectives in a variety of accents, it was longlisted for the Booker Prize »
It's hard to believe that Trainspotting was released 20 years ago, but that film introduced the world to some great actors in Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Johnny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremmer, and Kelly Macdonald, as well as one hell of a director in Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs, Slumdog Millionaire). There's been talk about a Trainspotting sequel for a long time and despite Ewan... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Park Chan-wook, Kim Ji-woon and Bong Joon-ho are back in South Korea after their passage from Hollywood. Park (he probably returned after the massacre Hollywood performed to his masterpiece, “Old Boy”) shot “Stoker” there, Kim “The Last Stand” and Bong “The Snowpiercer”, which was the only actual commercial success of the three.
Park is currently in the stage of post production for “The Handmaiden” a big budget adaptation of British historic lesbian crime novel “Fingersmith.” Park brought the Victorian-era-set erotic thriller to Korea and Japan in 1930, a time when the peninusla was under Japanese occupation.
Amazon Studios will distribute the film in the Us and it has already pre-sold in 116 territories.
Kim’s production titled “Secret Agent” is the first Korean production that Warner Bros. is financing and directly distributing. The Hollywood studio is known to have invested $8.3 million. Set in Korea under Japanese imperialism in 1920, this noir spy film »
- Panos Kotzathanasis
When I got out of bed today, I moved a soundtrack from my computer to my iPod, and when I got in the car to drive to work, I cranked up Iggy Pop's "Lust For Life" for the first time in a while. As soon as I did, I was hit with a flash of Ewan McGregor, tearing ass down the street, that smile on his face, and I got a full Proustian out-of-body flashback to being in the theater with my friends Pete and Scott and positively levitating out of my chair at the energy of the thing. We were all Danny Boyle fans already from Shallow Grave, but nothing prepared us for Trainspotting. It was one of those seismic movie moments, and it seems impossible to me that it's already been 20 years since it came out. There have been plenty of movies about addiction and drug abuse over the years, »
- Drew McWeeny
20 years ago today, Trainspotting began winning over audiences on its way to becoming a breakout British hit. The film, about drug addiction in Edinburgh, was released in the U.K. and Ireland on this day in 1996, and a U.S. release followed that summer. The film launched Ewan McGregor into international stardom — he was cast in the Star Wars prequels shortly afterward. Trainspotting was his second team-up with director Danny Boyle, following Boyle’s feature debut, Shallow Grave. Boyle went on to earn Oscar attention for Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours. Diane, the teenager McGregor’s character becomes entangled with, was played by Kelly Macdonald, who turned 20 on the day of Trainspotting’s U.K./Ireland release. Boyle is currently working on a Trainspotting sequel that he plans to shoot later this year. Other notable February 23 happenings in pop culture history: • 1939: At the 11th Academy Awards, Frank Capra film You »
- Emily Rome
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